[Marxism] another front on which to fight the campists

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 26 20:39:14 MDT 2015

and especially see everything at ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org
ps I checked with a leader of that campaign and I was right to smell a rat
in this "antifascist" appeal

On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 8:28 PM, Andrew Pollack <acpollack2 at gmail.com>

> Just got the appeal below, to which I responded: "This tour should be
> shunned. It is an operation of the pseudo-anti-imperialist milieu, i.e. the
> Stalinists like Workers World who have also supported Assad against the
> Syrian grassroots, and who have sucked up also to Putin, every Iranian
> regime, Saddam Hussein, etc.
> "For the truth on Ukraine - i.e. a grassroots perspective against both the
> regime in Kiev and the one in Moscow - see articles at:
> http://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/?s=ukraine
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: Andy Piascik <andypiascik at yahoo.com>
> To: Andy Piascik <andypiascik at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Appeal from Ukrainian Trade Unionists
> Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:17:57 +0000 (UTC)
> Friends,
> Activists from the New York area are working on a US speaking tour with
> some radical trade unionists from Ukraine. Step one is to publicize the
> attached statement; step two is the speaking tour. Please circulate far and
> wide. I will follow up in the next day or two with  details about where
> and when they will be speaking. Solidarity,
> Andy
> *                                                   APPEAL OF THE
> INITIATIVE GROUP FOR DEMOCRACY AND                              *
> *
> Ukrainian anti-fascists are calling on people around the world to mark May
> 2 as a day of commemoration of those who were killed in the trade union
> building in Odessa.
> On May 2, 2014 there was a bloody massacre in Odessawhere, though data is incomplete,
> at least 48 people were killed. Some of them were burned alive in the
> House of Trade Unions. The organizers of the massacre were radical
> Ukrainian nationalists and fascists who support the regime established in
> the Kiev after the coup in February 2014. Their opponents were the
> participants of the Antimaydan movement opposed to Ukrainian fascism. They
> belonged to different political tendencies, but opposition to Ukrainian
> fascism united them. It was they who were the main victims of the massacre
> on the May 2. Fleeing from the crowd of aggressive and armed fascists which
> greatly outnumbered them, the Antimaydan activists tried to take refuge in
> the House of Trade Unions located near their camp. They were largely
> without weapons, as they consistently preferred peaceful forms of protest.
> The enemy attacked the House of Trade Unions with Molotov cocktails,
> igniting a fire that caused many of those inside the building to flee
> outside. There, angry Ukrainian fascists beat and killed them. Others who
> observed this remained inside until they either burned to death, suffocated
> or jumped out of windows to their deaths. Others who remained inside were
> hunted down and murdered in cold blood. Local fire service deliberately did
> not go to the assistance of the desperate people and when it finally
> arrived, the fascists did not let the fire trucks or firefighters approach
>  the burning building.
> The ruling government of Ukraine is doing everything to hide and distort
> the truth about this crime. The official list of dead people has not been
> published yet. The results of forensic examination of the causes of
> deaths are classified and were not disclosed until recently. None of the
> perpetrators of the massacre has been arrested; the state prosecutor's
> office deliberately ignores numerous videos proving their guilt. Instead,
> people who tried to defend the House of Trade Unions have been arrested and
> put on trial. Though the investigation found no evidence of their guilt,
> the court refuses to set them free. Official propaganda since the day of
> tragedy has spread lies like “the House of Trade Unions was not protected
> by people from Odessa but by citizens of Transnistria and Russian
> saboteurs”, calls these people terrorists and separatists even though the
> leaders of the Odessa’s "Antimaydan" never called for the separation of the
> Odessa region from Ukraine. But various supporters of this Kiev regime
> replicate this lie all over the world.
> The Odessa tragedy is just one act in the civil war the Kiev fascists
> launched last spring against its own people that. This is not the only
> event of its kind. The atrocities of the fascists on May 9, 2014 in
> Mariupol, massive bloodshed in the Donbass, sadistic treatment of war
> prisoners, deliberate destruction of vital facilities in the Donbass, the
> recent excesses of Ukrainian soldiers in Konstantinovka (Kostyantynivka) -
> all of them are the links of the same chain. This is a manifestation of the
> bloody totalitarian nature of the regime in Kiev, established in the heart
> of Europe with the blessing of western political leaders. But the Odessa
> massacre became a symbol of these atrocities. In Odessa, the Kiev regime's
> political opponents asserted their own rights without weapons, by peaceful
> means and they were ruthlessly suppressed with astonishing cruelty and
> cynicism. The task of all progressive forces of the world is to demonstrate
> their condemnation and rejection of such methods.
> The Kiev regime wants to forcibly impose on the entire population of
> Ukraine its system of values which totally rejects the Soviet period in the
> history of Ukraine. It is based on the traditions of Ukrainian integral
> nationalism, which is the local Ukrainian variant of fascist ideology.
> These ideas of integral nationalism inspired such figures as Stepan
> Bandera. For a significant part of Ukrainian society, such attitudes are
> unacceptable. That is why opposition appeared. Despite all the repression,
> people have been fighting against the reactionaries and actively looking
> for an alternative. But the forces of resistance in Ukraine are split, and
> some of them are not guided by consistently democratic principles. Some of
> them receive help from Russian nationalists and therefore think that the
> alternative to Ukrainian fascism is Russian nationalism. But this is wrong
> and a dead end road. Therefore, the solidarity of international left forces
> with the liberation struggle against the Kiev regime will help the people
> of see they have friends and strengthen the democratic tendencies in the
> camp of resistance.
> Finally, solidarity of leftist and internationalist forces is important
> not only for Ukraine. Now we see the rise of right-wing reactionary
> movements around the world. In many European countries, neo-fascists are
> growing in popularity, the youth are joining their parties, and they are
> gaining more and more votes. Totalitarianism has intensified everywhere and
> gone on the offensive. The civil war in Ukraine is just one of many
> episodes of offensive of international reaction forces. But this episode is
> very revealing. Ukraine is a European country and it in this European
> country that for the first time in the 21st century that fascists have
> entered a government while fascist paramilitaries have received legal
> status in the army and other state authorities. We can resist this attack
> on our principles and values together, combining our efforts all round the
> world.
> Therefore, we propose to make May 2 a day of international solidarity in
> defense of democracy and internationalism in Ukraine. To this end, we urge
> the leftist forces around the world to hold in early May actions of
> solidarity with the liberation struggle of the working masses of Ukraine.
> This can be a picket, a march, a meeting, a round table and any other
> action which would be considered appropriate by activists not indifferent
> to the problems of Ukraine. From our side, our initiative group will
> contribute to the dissemination of information about these actions in the
> media.
> Ivan Melekhov
> Jeanne Camus
> Yefim Mironov
> Stanislav Yushchenko
> Contact address akalderon at yandex.ru
> <http://webmailbb.juno.com/webmail/new/5?userinfo=b83fbf69bd2e8ff6d51a00c3503bc1b7&count=1430084083&randid=334106685#>
> New York Contact: manny.ness at gmail.com

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